Current safety scalpels are not reducing scalpel injuries. The inadequate designs of currently marketed safety scalpels often fail to prevent and can even be the cause of injuries. Poor ergonomics and flimsy construction coupled with unsafe operation has resulted in unacceptably low adoption rates in all healthcare settings, especially in operating room and non-hospital applications. In 2011 the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia drafted the consensus statement and call to action that resulted from information presented at the 2010 conference, “Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Mapping Progress, Charting a Future Path.” Since that time this document has been endorsed by the American Nurses Association and nineteen other nursing and industry associations. In recognition of the fact that scalpel injuries have not dropped, and in some cases have increased, since the passage in 2000 of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act the document recommended that:
“Manufacturers partner with surgeons and surgeon groups to develop suture and scalpel safety designs that both reduce risk and are comfortable and intuitive for surgeons to use.”
Dr. Branden D. Rosenhan and PenBlade, Inc., have heeded that call. Development of the PenBlade™ safety scalpel was directed by the voice of the customer. The ergonomic design is easy and intuitive to use because it mimics the instrument most commonly operated by clinicians, a ballpoint click pen. Preference testing has revealed an overwhelming preference for the PenBlade™ over other currently available safety scalpels due to its unique and effective safety features and comfortable, sturdy ergonomics. The patent-pending “passive” blade retraction and patented safety-suture-trimming groove will reduce blade exposures and encourage safe clinician behavior with minimal training required.
For more information please contact:
- PenBlade, Inc.
- Salt Lake City, UT